Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pruning japanese maples

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Pruning japanese maples

To identify rose disease within the plant

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Rose malady diagram to identify disease within the plant.

How to prune your roses

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How to prune your roses

How to Prune Roses

Espalier patterns

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Espalier patterns

espalier

Rose Pruning

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Pruning tree-like roses, text in finnish
Pruning tree-like roses
Pruning roses, text in finnish
Pruning shrub roses

Pruning ground cover roses,  text in finnish
Pruning ground cover roses


How to prune old neglected apple trees

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How to prune old neglected apple trees

Chart showing how much sun vegetables require per day

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Chart showing how much sun vegetables require per day.  Mother Earth News.

Initial pruning for bonsai

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fukubonsai.com . . initial pruning for bonsai

How to prune bonsai?

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Pruning Bonsai ~ Bonsai


How to prune bonsai? - by Ma-Ke Bonsai on Bonsai Care Guide



How to prune bonsai? - by Ma-Ke Bonsai on Bonsai Care Guide

Pruning and Caring for your bonsai

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Pruning and Caring for your bonsai

Herb your enthusiasm

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Combine this chart with your personal materia medica, and you’ll have a quick-reference guide for your herbal cooking needs.

Garden Trellis Ideas


Garden trellis idea

DIY Garden Trellis

Which Trellis is the Best Trellis? Lots of different trellis ideas here!

Trellis galore. Lots of ideas here.

beautiful tomato trellises

Trellis

Trellis

Trellis ideas

Trellis idea chart

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trellis idea chart

How to Prune

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How to Prune

Don't prune too soon

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Garden Tip: Be sure to not prune your spring-flowering bulbs too soon!

Garden Tip: Be sure to not prune your spring-flowering bulbs too soon!

Perennials that rebloom after dead heading

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Perennials that rebloom after dead heading.

How to clean up lavender

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Clean up lavender, easy trimming guide....
Clean up lavender, easy trimming guide

List of annuals to grow

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Here’s a list of how you can use annuals (plants that you need to replant every year) in your garden.

How to Grow Blueberries - Growing the Superfruit

healthy-blueberry-plant tips for growing blueberries

Why Should I Grow Blueberries?


  • Help improve memory and may help prevent age-related memory loss
  • Have a low glycemic index and may also aid in regulating blood sugar levels
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Protect the retina from oxygen damage
  • May help prevent cancer

What type of soil do I need for blueberries?

Blueberries grow best with an acid soil pH between 4 and 5.5, so do a soil test before you start. If your soil is alkaline, you’ll either need to do a LOT of soil amending or grow you blueberries in a container.

Blueberries like soil rich in acidic, organic material, like you would find on forest floor or edge of the forest.  Peat moss is commonly recommended, but pine needles, leaves and other tree fallout (that may be available for free) work just as well.

When you prepare your planting area, dig a generous amount of organic matter into your soil. Time and effort up front will make all the difference in plant performance.  Watch out for large amounts of sulfur and other chemical additives, which may lower pH but disrupt the soil microbes.  If you do add sulfur in quantity to lower pH, wait at least three months for it to break down before planting.  (For instance, add in fall for planting in spring.)

How deep should I plant my blueberries, and when should I fertilize them?

Potted plants should be planted at the same depth they are growing in pot.  The same rule applies for bare root plants.  The potted plants I planted blossomed and had fruit the first year.  Bare root plants may take longer.

How much water do blueberry plants need?

Blueberries need around an inch of water per week.  A good layer of mulch will  help keep up the moisture level stable, and cut down on the amount of time spent watering.  I would say the best mulch would be pine needles.  As they decay they will continue to supply nutrients and help maintain the correct pH.

If you can’t get pine needles, bark over landscape material would be my next choice, although I haven’t tried it.  Each spring, I would suggest pulling up the mulch and adding organic material such as compost or castings to keep the ground healthy. (Healthy soil = healthy plants.  Plants in the healthiest soil will produce the healthiest berries)  Remember, these bushes have the potential to provide many years of delicious berries, so they are worth the extra effort.

Growing Companions

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Growing Companions

How to grow the best tomatoes ever

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How to grow the best tomatoes ever...

Creating a bee-friendly garden

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Creating a bee-friendly garden. #gardening #bees

Monday, May 11, 2015

Lasagna Composting

No dig gardening! Just layer and plant - this creates it's own soil even where there is none.

Lasagna Gardening Layers - no dig gardening! Just layer and plant - this creates it's own soil even where there is none.

Lasagna Garden Layers Quick Reference

Layers of material for building soil in a lasagna garden. I filled my raised beds with similar layers last year to get them started.

How to grow roses from cutting

Propagate Roses :
1. Cut 8 to 9 inches of a long stem rose at 45-degree angle. 
2. Remove spent blooms, leaves, or rose hips. 
3. Dip stem in cinnamon. 
4. Take a potato, remove any "eyes". 
5. Cut it in half and bore a hollow for rose stem. 
6. Plant about 4 inches into the ground or pot with moist soil. 
7. Cover with a glass jar. 
8. Planting on the north side will give the roses soft morning sun. 
9. Water to keep the soil moist, but do not soak soil. 
10. Transplant in about two months.

Propagate Roses - Cut 8 to 9 inches of a long stem rose at 45-degree angle. Remove spent blooms, leaves, or rose hips. Dip stem in cinnamon. Take a potato, remove any "eyes". Cut it in half and bore a hollow for rose stem. Plant about 4 inches into the ground or pot with moist soil. Cover with a glass jar. Planting on the north side will give the roses soft morning sun. Water to keep the soil moist, but do not soak soil. Transplant in about two months. loved and pinned by http://omved.com/

Common Tomato Plant Ailments

Gardening Tomatoes Organically

Gardening Tomatoes Organically – The Guide

Grow Strawberries

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Grow Strawberries

How To Grow Peas

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How To Grow Peas. For Flowers, Shoots, Peas, Pods, and Soil Enriching.

Plants to Prune in the Winter

Winter pruning is a sometimes necessary part of maintaining your landscape. This quick handy guide shows you what to prune and why you may want to prune it.

Plants to Prune in the Winter

Growing radishes to improve fertility

Growing radishes as a cover crop. It loosens the soil and improves fertility....and they taste good, too.

Growing radishes as a cover crop. It loosens the soil and improves fertility....and they taste good, too.

Shrub Pruning Dos and Don'ts

The right way to make pruning cuts to stimulate growth where you want it.

The right way to make pruning cuts to stimulate growth where you want it.

Pruning grapes vines

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Pruning grapes vines

How to build a rustic branch & twig tuteur

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how to build a rustic branch & twig tuteur

5 twig trellis

When and How to prune trees

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When and How to prune trees